What You Need to Know About Varicose Veins
Do you suffer from varicose veins? While most people with varicose veins consider their occurrence to be no more than an issue of vanity – a physical “flaw” so to speak – some people experience pain from their varicose veins. If you battle varicose veins, there are ways to address them – both from a pain perspective and from an appearance perspective. Let’s find out what these options are . . .
Do you suffer from varicose veins? I am lucky enough to have just a tiny one on the back of my leg, but I’m still considered “young” by some standards so we’ll see how long that lasts!
While most people with varicose veins consider their occurrence to be no more than an issue of vanity – a physical “flaw” so to speak – some people experience pain from their varicose veins. If you battle varicose veins, there are ways to address them – both from a pain perspective and from an appearance perspective. Let’s take a closer look at varicose veins . . .
What are Varicose Veins?
Varicose veins are twisted, enlarged veins near the surface of the skin. They are most common on the legs and feet because of the added pressure within the blood flow of the vein. Varicose veins develop when you have faulty valves in your veins and weakened vein walls. Normally, the one-way valves in these veins keep the blood flowing efficiently up to the heart. When these valves do not function properly, blood pools, pressure builds up, and the veins become weakened, enlarged, and twisted.
Causes and Symptoms
There is really one cause of varicose veins - the formation of blood in arteries. But what brings that on? Well, the aging process for one. Genetics may also play a role, as do conditions that increase pressure on the leg veins, such as being overweight or pregnant or having an occupation that requires standing for long periods of time.
Some of the symptoms that you may notice with varicose veins are:
• Pain in the legs
• Heavy feeling in the legs
• Throbbing of the legs
• Itching around your ankle
• Dark purple veins in the leg area
Symptoms usually worsen after standing or sitting for long periods of time.
Varicose veins are generally not harmful to your health, although sometimes varicose veins can signal a blockage in the deeper veins. This condition, called deep vein thrombosis, requires a doctor’s attention and possibly treatment.
Treatments for Varicose Veins
There are many ways to help your varicose veins go way and to keep them from coming back again. Some of them need a doctor’s help but some you may be able to try at home, such as wearing compression socks, elevating your legs when possible and getting enough exercise. It’s been said that taking an aspirin every day will help to thin the blood and make it easier to get rid of the effects of varicose veins.
Medical procedures such as sclerotherapy, endovenous laser or radiofrequency treatment (which uses heat to close off varicose veins), or surgery are an option if you experience pain or discomfort from your varicose veins, or even if you are concerned about their appearance. Surgery is normally an outpatient procedure.
While varicose veins are not the prettiest things in the world, they usually don’t threaten your health or well-being.